Charlie Chaplin's 2nd Film Released Feb. 07 1914
Kid Auto Races At Venice is 1914 American-made motion picture starring Charlie Chaplin in which his "Tramp" character makes a first appearance.
Made by Keystone Studios and directed by Henry Lehrman, in it Chaplin plays a spectator at a 'baby-cart race' in California. The spectator keeps getting in the way of the camera and interferes with the race, causing great frustration to the public and participants. Chaplin's tramp character would go on to be one of the most beloved film icons in history.
December 12, 2012 Subject:
Cars and sports
Why isn't he chasing them?
June 14, 2007 Subject:
Ending Is Missing - But is on the IA
Kids Auto Race at Venice
Released : February 7th, 1914
Charles Chaplin ... Tramp
Henry Lehrman ... Film Director
Frank D. Williams ... Camerman
Billy Jacobs ... Boy
Charlotte Fitzpatrick ... Girl
Thelma Salter ... Girl
Gordon Griffith ... Boy
Tagline - The first film in which Chaplin appeared in his world-famous costume.
Charlie in a motor-thingy! What is this? Is it a car? Watch out for the doggie! What are these things? They have wheels. But are they cars? I don't know?
It's Charlie! Wow! Nice Derby! Look at those pants. Nice cane! Wow, charlie is really thin, but he's got such a big butt! How on earth did he manage that. Yow!
Look, it's motor car thingies again! Wow! Run motors, run! Run over someone! How on earth did they stear these things? What did they use for breaks?
Charlie again. Smoking a cigarette. Looks a little drunk. Someone pushed him. That's not nice!
He's back, still smoking. He gets pushed again. Who is this guy that keeps pushing old Chuck?
Now he's running from nobody. He is drunk!
Charlie just got pushed again! Man, he is so not popular. But he knows how to smoke, and to make a stogie last.
Chuck gets pushed again. Why does this man not like Charlie? What did he ever do to him? One push after another. Oh, I see!
Charlie is trying to get into the newsreels! Go Charlie! Walking in front of the camera, gee, maybe Charlie was the first one to do that? Five minutes of fame, so to speak. We see people do this on CNN all the time.
Charlie lights another cigarette. The same man asks him politely to step out from the line of the camera. Least he doesn't push him. Naturally Chuck doesn't listen. As soon as the man gets back behind his camera, out Charlie comes again! Big ass and stogie and all!
Wow....dialogue in a silent film. That had to have been added in later, this is 1914 for goodness sakes!
Anyway, Charlie still is trying to get on camera, and narrowly avoids getting hit by the race car thingies. Those things are seriously cool. Like soap box races with engines. I still wonder how on earth the breaks worked.
Charlie, your hat fell off, I wouldn't bend over to pick it up.
Oh, now there are the soap box races! Wow! A kids race and an adults race going on at the same time. But now we get to see it through the eyes of the man that pushed Charlie all those times. Very nifty.
What's this film all about? Well, there is an auto race going on. Soemone is trying to shoot motion pictures of it. Charlie steps in front of the camera. The photographer comes out, pushes Chuck away, and well, Charlie comes back. That's about it!
Near the end of the film, Charlie makes some cute-ugly faces into the camera, but then for some reason the films ends. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way, or if the film was cut short. But at least we have this much of the film to admire. Not a whole lot happens during the film. But it's only the 2nd time Chaplin made a film. It's also the first time he wore his classic outfit. Those two reasons alone are enough to give it a watch.
It's only 6 minutes long, so what have you go to lose. The cars are wonderful to look at. Charlie is as hilarious as he can be, giving the consideration that he appears totally wasted while filming. So what are you waiting for! Download it now!
Writers Note :
This version of the film is a very CLEAN cut of the movie. However, the ending is missing. All 10 seconds of it. The following link will take you to another version of this film, not as clean, but it contains the ending.